Donaldson could be in line for quite a payday if he continues to rake like he did in 2013, when he led Oakland starters with a .301 batting average, 93 RBI and .499 slugging percentage while slugging 26 home runs.
Gonzalez was pounded for four runs on four hits and two walks Friday against the Orioles. His second pitch was blasted for a triple by Nick Markakis and his next one was wild and allowed Markakis to score.
He has given up six hits and five earned runs in his 2 2/3 innings this spring. He has also walked six and struck out just one. Such numbers were not what the Phillies hoped for when they signed Gonzalez to a $12 million contract.
Gonzalez could be sent down to the minor league camp before the regular season begins to work on his delivery. "We're just going to be slow with him and adjust to what he does and help bring him along to get him ready for the baseball season," Ryne Sandberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ned Yost surprised nobody Saturday when he named
Yost scoffed when asked for his reasoning in making the decision. "Come on," he replied via the Kansas City Star.
Shields was easily the team's top starter in 2013, though run support was a problem. He finished 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA. He also struck out 196 in 228 2/3 innings.
The contract covers all three seasons in which Carpenter would be arbitration eligible and potentially three years of free agency.
The 28-year-old Carpenter blossomed in 2013, finishing fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting after leading the league in runs, doubles and hits. He was also among the premier clutch hitters in the game and has proven himself as an infielder and outfielder. His move to third base this season is expected to be permanent.
Carpenter left the team during the game Wednesday for a physical. That is standard practice before teams and players agree to a long-term deal.
Second baseman and free agent acquisition
Belisario took a step back last season with the Dodgers after a fine year in 2012. His record fell from 8-1 to 5-7 and his ERA soared from 2.54 to 3.97.
Santana has grown impatient with his status as the regular season draws closer. He had stood firm at asking for a four-year contract worth $50 million, but will reportedly now accept a one-year deal.
Toronto would lose the No. 50 overall pick in the 2014 draft if they signed Santana, who recorded a career-best 3.24 ERA in 2013 despite a 9-10 record.
Janssen emerged as a top closer in 2013. He recorded 34 saves in 36 attempts.
"Those kinds of things, if you keep pushing and you aggravate it, the next thing you know you’re on the DL and you won’t be ready to start the season," manager John Gibbons said. "You’re always banged up in this business. A back is kind of a different thing. It affects everything you do when it tightens up like that. When it gets to the point where it’s affecting your performance, you’ve got to back off a little bit. You want guys to be mentally tough and play through some of that but at this time of year when you’re just trying to get ready to start the season, you’ve got to be smart, too. He said he could go back out there and keep pushing but that doesn’t make much sense. We kind of forced him to shut it down."
Happ wanted to pitch through the discomfort Friday, but the team vetoed his wish. He has surrendered six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking five in two appearances.